A niggling foot injury saw Politeness scratched from the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) on race day last Saturday, however the four-year-old mare is back on track and ready to run in the Group 3 Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m) at Flemington this weekend instead.
The Robert Smerdon-trained horse is one of 11 fillies and mares set to tackle the $150,000 race on Saturday. She will carry the lone top weight of 58.5kg as she jumps midfield from barrier six with Nicholas Hall to ride.
Politeness enjoyed a gallop at Sandown on Wednesday, which pleased her trainer enough to go ahead with the 2015 Frances Tressady Stakes, although he did admit her on-going injury would have to be closely monitored.
“She galloped at Sandown and pulled up well so she’s good to go on Saturday,” Smerdon told Racing Victoria.
“You’ve always got to be managing and watching these types of niggling injuries but we’re pretty happy with her at the moment.”
Politeness is the $4 favourite in the Frances Tressady betting at Ladbrokes.com.au followed by four other single figure hopefuls.
The mare has placed in eight of her 18 career starts, which includes a win in the Group 3 Summond Stakes (1500m) at the end of spring. She left the gates first before easing three wide. She got a trail up at the 600m but was several lengths back before rounding the leaders up and drawing away to win by two lengths.
Following a short 10 week spell, Politeness resumed in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) on February 14. She raced in sixth place, caught three wide, and was under riding nearing the home turn before battling on in the sprint home to finish third.
Smerdon had originally planned to send Politeness to Sydney to contest the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) on March 14 but that has since been cancelled.
“We won’t go to the Coolmore with her now but looking at First Seal’s win last week it may be a blessing avoiding it,” he said.
“I’m not quite sure where we’ll go with her after Saturday, we’d like to get her to Sydney at some stage, especially if they get a bit of rain as she loves some cut in the ground.
“We’ll just take things run by run and see how she goes on the weekend.”
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